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Strategic Cost Model


The Strategic Cost Model - 2017 - revision 02 release is now available with new features and updated data. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron and 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out to 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 16 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost only..


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost Model - is in use at many large IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision


Revision 2017-02

  • Processes - Updated Intel-Micron 3D XPoint process to reflect the actual interconnect layers. Added Samsung 18FDS, added 8nm and 6nm FinFET and 4nm gate all around processes. Added Global Foundries 7LPP process and updated 7nm overall. Updated 18nm process flows based on analysis of actual parts. Updated Samsung 28FDS process.
  • NGL - Fixed a bug in the logic process NGL dropdown lists.
  • Equipment - made equipment driven bulk gas use visible.
  • Materials - Fixed a bug in the foundry mask amortization.
  • Model - Combined all of the logic processes into a single sheet and reviewed and updated all logic processes. Added the ability to create two user defined logic process flows. Combined all of the 2D NAND processes into a single sheet. Added the ability to create two user defined 2D NAND process flows. Combined all of the 3D NAND processes into a single sheet. Added the ability to create two user defined 3D NAND process flows. Combined all of the DRAM processes into a single sheet. Added the ability to create two user defined DRAM process flows. Converted 3D XPoint to the new style product sheet and added the ability to create 2 user defined 3D XPoint process flows. Combined the 200mm and 450mm sheets into a single 'WafSize' sheet. Made the 'YearlyData' sheet visible and editable. Reformatted all sheets to the new model style. The model workbook is now unlocked allowing users to reorder and add worksheets.
  • Yield - Expanded the sheet to estimate gross, die, yield and net die with margins and user overrides.
  • Facilities - Combined the equipment footprint and facilities sheets.
  • Fabs - Added Global Foundries fabs 10 and 11.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,000, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $14,000. The model may be purchased on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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Purchase Decision Tools


Strategic Cost Model Process Coverage - posted 6/27/2017


Strategic Cost Model Marketing Presentation - revisited 1/1/2016


Cost Model Selection Guide - updated on 10/24/2016




Support Policy - updated 6/12/2017


Manual - in the process of being written on 6/27/2017


Strategic Cost Model Training Presentation - updated 8/18/2016 - outdated